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Other Epitome Definition

[n] a standard or typical example; "he is the prototype of good breeding"; "he provided America with an image of the good father"
[n] a brief abstract (as of an article or book)

Synonyms

image, paradigm, prototype

Misc. Definitions

\E*pit"o*me\, n.; pl. {Epitomes}. [L., fr. Gr. ? a surface incision, also, and abridgment, fr. ? to cut into, cut short; 'epi` upon + te`mnein to cut: cf. F. ['e]pitome. See {Tome}.]
1. A work in which the contents of a former work are reduced within a smaller space by curtailment and condensation; a brief summary; an abridgement. [An] epitome of the contents of a very large book. --Sydney Smith.
2. A compact or condensed representation of anything. An epitome of English fashionable life. --Carlyle. A man so various that he seemed to be Not one, but all mankind's epitome. --Dryden. Syn: Abridgement; compendium; compend; abstract; synopsis; abbreviature. See {Abridgment}.

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